Speeding Audi driver caused death of ‘wonderful father’

A man has been jailed for the death of an 80-year-old man after he drove his Audi S3 at almost double the speed limit into the side of the “wonderful father and husband’s” car.

Aaron Foster, of Edale Square, Ilkeston, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday October 13, where he pleaded guilty to death by dangerous driving.

The court heard the 31-year-old had been driving at 58mph in a 30mph zone with “complete disregard for every other person on the road”.

This attitude then led to the death of 80-year-old father and husband George Phillis.

Foster had been speeding in his high-performance S3 along Skeavingtons Lane on February 23 last year, when he smashed into the side of Mr Phillis’s Honda Civic.

Mr Phillis had been performing a perfectly legal three-point turn at the time.

He was left with life-threatening injuries but sadly died in hospital three days later.

Aaron Foster, 31, of Edale Square, Ilkeston
(Image: Derbyshire Police)

PC Diane McDermott, from Derbyshire police’s serious collision investigation unit, said: “The driving of Foster that morning showed a complete disregard for every other person on the road.

“Despite clearly being the driver in the wrong witnesses to the crash heard Foster shout at Mr Phillis, who was unconscious at the wheel of his car, that he had pulled out on him.

“I want to make it absolutely clear that nothing could be further from the truth, the only person responsible for this collision was Foster.

 “His decision to drive in the manner he did that day has robbed a family of a much-loved father and husband and, while no sentence can repair the hole left by his actions that day, I hope that the jail term Foster has received provides an amount of closure to this most devastating of incidents.

“I also hope that this case makes every driver think about the huge responsibility they take on when they get behind the wheel of a car. While Foster did not set out that day to kill George Phyliss his flagrant disregard for the rules of the road ended with a life being lost that morning.”

Foster was handed a 45-month prison sentence and was banned from driving for 58 months.

He must also pass an extended test in order to get his licence back upon his release.


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